How to Tie Your Scarf in a Bow


Are you looking for a new and creative way to tie your scarf? Why not tie it in a bow?

Recently I styled a Betsey Johnson accessories photo shoot and we had this glittery lipstick scarf to showcase. What better way to show off a piece with so much character than to tie it in a bow! Our adorable model totally embodied the Betsey spirit and we threw in a MAC Ruby Woo lipstick for good measure. (Photo: Will Bossen)

Here’s a quick scarf bow-tying tutorial from Hermes:

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Dressing Room Scarf Tutorial


This week Jennifer and I went shopping at the LOFT to revitalize her wardrobe and found some great additions that fit her style and her budget. At the end of our session we explored several options for different ways to tie a scarf.

Here’s a closer look at these scarf tying options:





Scarves are such a low risk way to add color, texture, pattern and style to your wardrobe without breaking the bank. Give a fun print scarf a try this season!

Style Icon Iris Apfel Is Selling Her Accessories!

Iris Apfel is a renown decorator, textile designer, and style icon extraordinaire. Her wardrobe is one of a kind, and if you want to own a part of it, you’re in luck. In an unprecedented move, Apfel has begun to sell furniture and jewelry from her private collection via One King’s Lane.

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Iris Apfel via the New York Times

When one thinks of Iris Apfel what likely comes to mind is the art of wearing accessories. Here are a few memorable quotes from Apfel about what accessories can do to elevate your wardrobe.

My mother knew if you bought a couple of really good architectural outfits and put your money into accessories, you could create a million different looks. She taught that to me, which I think was invaluable.

Invest in basics in your wardrobe, then use accessories to change your look.

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Photo: PEM

I get more compliments on accessories than anything else. I think they’re kind of like herbs and spices. They give zest and zing to an outfit.

You can really make an outfit yours by how you accessorize.

Here are a few memorable pieces from her collection.

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A / B / C / D / E / F / G

Check out her sale!

Introducing Rivet & Sway’s Fall 2013 Frames

Ever since I got a sneak peek at Rivet & Sway’s new frames earlier this spring I’ve been waiting with bated breath for the frames to become available. That day has come! Here’s a look at Rivet & Sway’s new fall 2013 frames, available now:

Can’t wait to add one of these gems to my spectacle collection!

Visit Rivet & Sway for a free try-on today! Use coupon code SARAHSWAYS to save $25 off your purchase!

Daily Outfit: Red Alert [Pinspiration]

Sometimes the best outfits come together randomly on a Friday morning as you stand in front of your closet. That’s exactly what happened for this outfit. And sometimes the best place to take outfit pictures is in the mattress isle at Ikea. Just sayin’.

[Spectacles c/o Tortoise & Blonde | Red button front shirt: Van Heusen | Cashmere sweater: thrifted | Multi-strand necklace: blue bijou | Gunmetal necklace: gifted | Ikat clutch: gifted, Pesky Cat Designs on Etsy | Rose quartz ring – some Vancouver jewelry artisan | Black skinny jeans: Kohls | Boots: Nordstrom Rack | Shoes: NY&Co. thrifted]

The Pinspiration

If you’re needing inspiration for outfits, Pinterest is a must. It’s full of great examples of real women remixing clothes from their closets. With these images from Seersucker and Saddles and The Glitter Guide fresh in my mind, this outfit came together easily.

Via: Seersucker and Saddles on Pinterest

Via: The Glitter Guide on Pinterest

Where do you get your style inspiration?

Linking up: Monday Mingle | Best of Friday Style | What What I’m Wearing | Sunday Style

How to Tie a Scarf Video – Variation on the Slipknot

A couple weeks ago, I taught a workshop for women in the community about How to Make the Most of Your Wardrobe. It was well attended and the women walked away with some great actionable tips, including creative ways to tie a scarf. My friend Rachelle Willhite was so kind as to take some photos and video of the event during the “how to tie a scarf” portion of the segment. Here’s a variation on the slipknot, the most common way to tie a scarf, that adds some texture and interest.

A clever way to wear a scarf is to use it as a beach cover-up and tie it around your waist. Many a woman feels self conscious about her body at the beach and a colorful scarf tied as a sarong is a great way to feel more comfortable in your skin poolside. (As a sidebar, I love how my model Faye is beaming in this picture!)

Eyeglasses Lessons Learned from the Rivet & Sway Pop-Up Shop

Have you heard of Rivet & Sway? They’re a designer women’s eyeglasses company based in Seattle providing at-home try-on services. When I was working with Ellen Rowan on her image recently, she extended a lovely invitation to Rivet & Sway’s Pop Up Shop at Swink Style Bar.

Sarah and Britt at the Pop Up Shop at Swink Style Bar

It was such a treat to meet Britt, Sarah, and Ritzy, the team behind Rivet & Sway, and see their frames up close and personal. These gals are the kind of women you’d love to have around everyday — delightful, complimentary, and darling. Ritzy, the Personal Stylist for Rivet & Sway, is living proof that your career can be decided by your parents by your name!

Talking glasses geometry with Sarah, Ritzy and Britt of Rivet & Sway

I love a good pair of glasses and learned several great lessons from trying on Rivet & Sway’s frames:

  1. Don’t knock it till you try it. Give it a try! Step outside your comfort zone and try on styles that you may not have looked at otherwise. I have never owned a pair of cat-eye glasses before, but I have to say that the Spitfire frames were absolutely enchanting!
  2. There’s a geometry to consider. There are all sorts of lines at play in your face shape, your eye shape, your eyebrows, your bone structure, and the way that they interact with your frames.

    Trying the Punchline frames in Neopolitan with Britt from Rivet & Sway

  3. It all boils down to personal preference. Even though everything may align stylistically between you and a frame, it may still not work with your personal preference. Styling isn’t an exact science because even though it could look perfect from an outsider’s perspective, it might not fit with your preference. It’s always wise to accept other people’s two cents, just remember that at the end of the day, your decision is the one that counts.

    Trying on the Six Shooter from Rivet & Sway. Can't get enough of this color!

    One of my favorite pairs of the night was the Hungry Heart. It just looks so natural.

    The Hungry Heart. (Many thanks to Tim for the great mirror shot)

    If you’re considering a pair of stylish spectacles, definitely check out Rivet & Sway for fab frames and convenient at-home try-on’s!

    Do you wear glasses? How did you decide on your last pair of frames?

    PS: If you’re jonesing for a pair of Rivet & Sway frames, use coupon code SARAHSWAYS to save $25 off your next purchase!

How to Layer Without the Bulk

Fall fashion is all about layering, but unless you’re careful, you can start looking like the Michelin Man. Here are three quick tips on how to layer your clothes without the bulk.

  1. Layer lighter pieces. A lot of the bulk in layering can come from thick layers like cable knit sweaters or lined pea coats. Look for thinner sweaters, cardigans, and jackets to layer instead so you can keep the warmth without the bulk.
  2. Cinch that waist. Find a way to create a clear waist indentation and it will create the illusion that you have a more hourglass silhouette. This anorak jacket has a drawstring waist which helps to accentuate a nice waist. You can also belt over or underneath your layering piece.
  3. Ditch the jeans. Jeans can add extra unflattering bulk underneath your longer layers. Instead, opt for a pair of streamlined leggings, pants, or trousers without the bulky stitching and pockets. If you’re wearing leggings, just make your derriere is covered!

Anorak jacket: $69.99 | Striped sweater: $69.99 | Mixed metal necklace: $29.99
Styled by Sarah Ward, Wardrobe Stylist for Pala Pala Dress Boutique in Seattle, WA.

Daily Outfit: Double Take

Top – Ross | Bronze multi-strand necklace – Forever21 | Skinny jeans – Kohl’s | Sandals – Nordstrom Rack | False eyelashes – Target

People freuquently tell me that I resemble the girl from a Knight’s Tale, Shannyn Sossaman — in fact, it even happened today at the dentist’s office. I’ve glimpsed the resemblance in the past but it wasn’t until I saw this photo from this set that I really saw it.

Looking at the comparison photos below (L: me, R: Shannyn) It’s rather uncanny. When I posted the images on Facebook, even my own mother thought they were both me.

Who’s your celebrity doppelganger?

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